Rate for Assessment on Direct Payment of Fees to Representatives in 2020

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 239 (Thursday, December 12, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 239 (Thursday, December 12, 2019)]
[Pages 67987-67988]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-26752]
[Docket No. SSA-2019-0047]
Rate for Assessment on Direct Payment of Fees to Representatives
in 2020
AGENCY: Social Security Administration (SSA).
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: We are announcing that the assessment percentage rate under
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Social Security Act (Act) is 6.3 percent for 2020.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey C. Blair, Associate General
Counsel for Program Law, Office of the General Counsel, Social Security
Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401.
Phone: (410) 965-3157, email [email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A claimant may appoint a qualified
individual as a representative to act on his or her behalf in matters
before the Social Security Administration (SSA). If the claimant is
entitled to past-due benefits and was represented either by an attorney
or by a non-attorney representative who has met certain prerequisites,
we withhold up to 25 percent of the past-due benefits and use that
money to pay the representative's approved fee directly to the
    When we pay the representative's fee directly to the
representative, we must collect from that fee payment an assessment to
recover the costs we incur in determining and paying representatives'
fees. The Act provides that the assessment we collect will be the
lesser of two amounts: A specified dollar limit; or the amount
determined by multiplying the fee we are paying by the assessment
percentage rate.\1\
    \1\ 42 U.S.C. 406(d), 406(e), and 1383(d)(2).
    The Act initially set the dollar limit at $75 in 2004 and provides
that the limit will be adjusted annually based on changes in the cost-
of-living.\2\ The maximum dollar limit for the assessment currently is
$97, as we announced in the Federal Register on October 22, 2019 (84 FR
    \2\ 42 U.S.C. 406(d)(2) and 1383(d)(2)(C)(ii)(I).
    The Act requires us each year to set the assessment percentage rate
at the lesser of 6.3 percent or the percentage rate necessary to
achieve full recovery of the costs we incur to determine and pay
representatives' fees.\3\
    \3\ 42 U.S.C. 406(d)(2)(B)(ii) and 1383(d)(2)(C)(ii)(II).
    Based on the best available data, we have determined that the
current rate of 6.3 percent will continue for 2020. We will continue to
review our costs for these services on a yearly basis.
Michelle King,
 Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance, and Management.
[FR Doc. 2019-26752 Filed 12-11-19; 8:45 am]